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Latest Census Bureau data show an improving economy and the importance of public support programs.
The latest data show that poverty and unemployment are down and median household income is up. While this welcome news, the economy is not improving for everyone.
For the over 1.5 million Ohioans who remain in poverty, the fact remains - it's expensive to be poor. Ohioans living below the poverty line pay more on necessities like rent, child care, and groceries and often get caught in a debt trap when they turn to payday lenders to make ends meet.
Public support programs, including nutrition assistance, housing subsidies, and child-care subsidies, have proven success in lifting thousands of Ohioans out of poverty and reducing the costs of poverty for thousands more. Ohio and our nation must make investments and policy decisions that move us closer to an economy that works for everyone.
Read the report to learn how policymakers can reduce the high cost of poverty in Ohio.
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